Identifying Professional Teaching Standards Using Rasch Model Analysis: The Case of Northern Cyprus

Problem Statement: The Teacher’s-Act defined for the state-school teachers of North Cyprus shows that teachers are not selected according to any specific standards. In North Cyprus, apart from the exam topics defined at the teacher’s exam regulations, there is not any kind of identified standard for teachers. Training qualified teachers based upon the definite standards for integrating both universal and local conditions in North Cyprus requires identifying the professional teaching standards for North Cyprus according to students’ culture and needs. Due to the importance of qualified teachers and quality in initial-teacher-training programs, teachers should be trained according to some definite standards.

Purpose of the Study: The purpose of the study is to validate the draft of professional teaching standards proposed for teacher development in North Cyprus using Rasch model analysis.

Method: Survey under quantitative paradigm has been applied. The samples of the study are state-school teachers and school administrators, full-time faculty members of various education faculties, executive board members of teachers’ trade unions, chief/inspectors, educational experts and vice/general principals of the various departments at the Ministry of National Education (MNE). Random stratified sampling has been applied. A specifically designed scale, the Professional Teaching Standards’ Scale, has been used for data collection purposes. This study has used the Rasch model to analyze data.

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